A recent report presented at the International Conference on AIDS held last September in Amsterdam revealed that, in the year alone, 130,000 boys, girls and adolescents under the age of 19 died due to AIDS, and 430,000 – that’s almost 50 per hour – contracted the infection. “This is a crisis of health”, said Henrietta Fore, executive director of UNICEF.

Adolescent deaths increases

UNICEF also warns that adolescents continue to be the people most affected by the epidemic. In fact, children and adolescents aged between 10 and 19 years account for almost two-thirds of the 3 million 0-19year olds who live with HIV.

In 2017, around 1.2 million young people aged between 15 and 19 years had HIV, 3 out of 5 of whom were girls. Although mortality in all the other age groups, including adults, has declined since 2010, deaths among older adolescents (15 to 19 years) have not fallen (further information HERE.)